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HPC Clusters Using InfiniBand on IBM Power Systems Servers

An IBM Redbooks publication

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Published on 26 October 2009

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ISBN-10: 073843339X
ISBN-13: 9780738433394
IBM Form #: SG24-7767-00

Authors: Octavian Lascu, Kerry Bosworth, Hajo Kitzhšfer, JungSu Ko, Nancy Mroz, Grae Noble, Fernando Pizzano, Robert (Bob) Simon and Andrei Vlad

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    This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information about the InfiniBand standard and how the standard has been implemented to support IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters.

    This book will help you understand, plan, implement, and manage InfiniBand using IBM servers and switches to form a high-bandwidth, low-latency communication network for applications.

    This book presents the software and hardware components that must be brought together to form the management and application foundation. We cover cluster management, node installation, monitoring the infrastructure, and application support, such as IBM TWS LoadLeveler®, Parallel Environment, and various other AIX® and SUSE SLES tools.

    This book is intended for IT architects, system designers, data center planners, and system administrators who must design, configure, and manage an InfiniBand infrastructure in an HPC cluster.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. Understanding InfiniBand

    Chapter 1. InfiniBand architecture

    Chapter 2. High performance computing hardware components using IB

    Chapter 3. Technical description of software components

    Part 2. Planning for InfiniBand

    Chapter 4. Planning for an HPC cluster

    Part 3. Implementing InfiniBand

    Chapter 5. Implementation overview

    Chapter 6. Configuring the InfiniBand fabric

    Chapter 7. Configuring InfiniBand on AIX

    Chapter 8. Configuring InfiniBand on Linux on Power

    Part 4. Managing the InfiniBand environment

    Chapter 9. Fabric management and monitoring

    Chapter 10. Node management and monitoring

    Appendix A. Advanced syslog-ng configuration

    Appendix B. Fabric port counters

    Appendix C. Fabric Management scripts

    Appendix D. AIX ibstat -s output description

    Appendix E. Recommended MPI environment settings


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